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What I’ve Learned from My Great Pyrenees

February 8, 2022 0 Comments

Only practice obedience when it’s in your best interest.

Because the Great Pyrenees was bred to work independently without the need for human direction, they typically aren’t the most obedient dog. Don’t get me wrong; they are extremely smart, but they will determine if something is worth their time. I have learned to look at tasks from their perspective. Is what I’m being asked to do really in my best interest?

Take your time when forming new relationships.

Pyrs tend to be slightly aloof when meeting new people. They are taking a moment to examine your intentions and determine if you are friend or foe. Instead of jumping into a new relationship without hesitation, I take the extra time to ensure it will be a positive experience.

A little exploration is okay as long as you don’t worry the ones that love you.

Great Pyrenees roam. In their mind, their territory is as far as they can see. A common saying in the pyr world is, “a Great Pyrenees off leash is a disapyr”. Mauja and Atka have never shown any interest in roaming from the yard and they are never off leash, but they love to explore with me at their sides.

Be tolerant of others.

There aren’t many breeds that are more tolerant than the Great Pyrenees. As livestock guardians, they spend much of their time with baby animals of many species. This trait typically translates to interactions with human of all ages. It’s important for me to slow down and take the time to understand others’ needs.

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Only eat when hungry.

Great Pyrenees have a slow metabolism, which allows them to eat much less than other giant breeds of a similar size. It also leads many pyrs to self-regulate their food consumption and keep themselves at an ideal weight. Of course, there are many pyrs that have the eating habits of a Labrador Retriever, but many simply eat what they need and leave the rest. I remember food is to keep my body healthy and enjoy treats in moderation 😉

Work hard, but don’t forget to play.

Pyrs can switch from guard dog mode to play mode in a matter of seconds. They dedicate their lives to keeping their flock (human or animal) safe, but they remember to take breaks for play. Many of us are so overworked and breaks will surely make us more efficient workers.

Naps are good for the soul.

Guarding and playing all day is truly exhausting, so pyrs remember to take plenty of naps to keep their energy levels up. If I’m feeling worn down after a long day, I remember there’s no shame in revitalizing myself with a nap.

Let those you care about know they are loved.

The Great Pyrenees bonds very strongly to those it loves. They are never shy in showing their love each and every day, regardless of their mood. It’s so easy to get caught up in my daily tasks and forget to express my love to those in my life. Love truly makes all things better.

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